Brian Jantz

Associate Professor
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Brian Jantz, M.A., MT-BC, LPMT, is a full-time associate professor in the Music Therapy Department. He has been active as a clinician, practicum site supervisor, course instructor, and researcher for over 25 years. He was part of the first graduating class of music therapists at Berklee in 1998 as a jazz guitarist, began teaching at the college in 2009, and earned his M.A. as well as full-time faculty status in 2017. Jantz has extensive experience working and supervising within pediatric medical and psychiatric/substance abuse facilities.

Jantz has been involved with the Berklee Abu Dhabi program for the past two years, teaching a master class on music and well-being in 2022 and presenting at Music Summit 2024. He is active as a presenter at regional, national, and international conferences, including the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) conference, Expressive Therapies Summit, and a global nursing webinar for SIGMA/ANPD. Jantz was involved with clinical work, research, and program development at Boston Children’s Hospital for over 20 years.

Jantz recently served as an assembly speaker of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), is the past president of the New England Region of AMTA, and currently serves as the New England Region representative for the association's Internship Approval Committee (AIAC).

Career Highlights
  • Assembly Speaker/Board of Directors, American Music Therapy Association (2021–2023)
  • President of the New England Region of the AMTA (2021–2025; includes president-elect and past president roles)
  • New England representative for AMTA's Association Internship Approval Committee (2017–present)
  • Practicum supervisor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's inpatient psychiatric unit
  • Former staff music therapist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Bourenwood Psychiatric Hospital, and the Community Music Center of Boston
  • Former director of music therapy for the All-Newton Music School and Brookline Music School
  • Former music therapy consultant at Boston College Campus School
In Their Own Words

"I want students to truly understand the potential they have to impact someone’s life in a very profound way through music, and I hope that this provides a new perspective on the power music has. It is important to help students really focus on what they have to offer, helping them recognize not only their challenges, but their strengths. I focus on helping students stay connected to skills they can already start to offer in a clinical setting while improving competencies and their awareness of new skills they are still developing."

"I regularly share clinical examples based on my own experience in the field as a professional and as a former Berklee student therapist. I think the students really can relate, knowing that I’ve been exactly where they currently are in their training."